Written by The Herald-News Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:19
The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board declared a public health emergency on May 24 due to the cluster of suicides in our area.
The Indian Health Service responded by deploying six teams of behavioral health commissioned officers to assist the community in dealing with the crisis. The sixth and final team is currently serving at Fort Peck.
The last team presented the final report of the work accomplished during the 12-week deployment. The report was presented to the initial group of concerned community leaders and members. The presentation was made on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Greet the Dawn Building on the Fort Peck Community College campus.
Each I.H.S. team had a two-week deployment to Fort Peck. Their work consisted of client and family interventions, facilitating communication between federal, tribal and private agencies and making recommendations for continued suicide prevention efforts. Each deployment team built upon the work of the previous teams, and each individual brought their unique skills and experience to the effort.
The Fort Peck community will have the benefit of the teams’ recommendations to assist us as we move forward in protecting the lives of our young people.